‘The Flash’: Grab some tissues for these devastating TV show moments
The Flash has been back with its seventh season for a couple of weeks now. With it, of course, the TV show likes to give us a couple more gut punches. Because what is a superhero show without some drama to make us sob into our snack of choice when watching it? Just us then? Either way, the moments with the tears make the moments of joy on The Flash the better to watch in the long run.
But what are the most devastating moments on The Flash? What moments on the TV show made us sob like we’ve never sobbed before? Well, let’s take a trip down memory lane and share the moments that made us cry so very much on what is supposed to be the lighthearted Arrowverse TV show.
Death of Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett)
Eddie Thawne was Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) romantic rival for most of season one of The Flash. He & Iris West (Candice Patton) dated throughout Barry’s coma and the rest of the first season. They were even engaged as well. While police detective Eddie was very focused in getting what he wanted, he was still a decent guy deep down. In fact, one could say that he was a real hero.
At the end of season one, his descendant Eobard Thawne/The Reverse Flash (Tom Cavanagh) was harming Central City by trying to return to the future. So, in order to make sure his descendant didn’t exist, Eddie removed himself from the timeline. In killing himself, Eddie was able to save Central City, which provided a huge loss for the series and a big gut punch moment to make us cry.
HR Wells sacrifices himself
One of the big plots of season three of The Flash is the impending death of Iris West at the hands of Savitar. Everyone knew that her death was incoming and were trying to fight fate to make sure that it didn’t happen. It didn’t, but only at the cost of HR Wells’ (Tom Cavanagh), who sacrificed himself in order for Iris to keep living. It was a very powerful moment in the series.
Honestly, it showed Wells’s character development & growth throughout the series. Was it a big bummer that he died? Oh yeah. He was no Harry Wells, but he was pretty great. Still, it gave us a powerful TV show moment about fighting fate, even if it can cost you dearly. It definitely still broke our hearts to see him die. But, hey, he went out like an absolute hero in the end.
Nora West-Allen is erased from the timeline
Time travel is tricky, especially in The Flash. Unfortunately, in preventing one future, you can end up destroying your chance for even existing in the first place. Nora West-Allen (Jessica Parker Kennedy) did her best to save her dad from his inevitable death in Crisis on Infinite Earths. While she definitely helped make a better future, it came at the cost of her being erased from the timeline.
Parents should never outlive their child. And, okay, it was a gut wrenching scene acted out amazingly by Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, and Jessica Parker Kennedy. You genuinely believed that they were watching a beloved child be erased from existence, and it freaking hurt to watch. Like snotty tears and everything, we were sobbing from this TV show in the biggest way.
The end of Wells
There has been no official exit reported for Tom Cavanagh, but it definitely felt like the end of an era when Nash Wells sacrificed himself and the Council of Wells in order to power the Artificial Speed Force so Barry could get his powers back. In it, we said goodbye to a multiverse of Wells who had guided Barry over the seasons. So, honestly, are we ever going to see them again?
That’s the million dollar question. For a goodbye, however, Nash had one that definitely brought a single solitary tear to our eyes, sacrificing himself for the greater good after he brought about the Anti-Monitor in the first place. Plus, it was nice to see all the old Wells return for one last hurrah.